Be Well: The New Lehigh University Wellness Program

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Despite what your parents might think, we all have room for improvement, especially when it comes to taking care of ourselves.  So, on January 14, 2014, Lehigh will unveil a revamped wellness program, Be Well: Mind Body Spirit, and we hope you’ll get involved. 

Be Well focuses on more than just your physical health – it also includes stress management, financial security, job satisfaction, and being part of a strong community at work and at home. 

Be Well came about as a direct result of the Benefits Allocation Review. Through this increased commitment to a culture of well being, faculty and staff will have access to tools and incentives that can make a major impact. Lehigh University wants to support you to be your absolute best, whatever that means to you.


What Is Be Well?

Be Well is Lehigh’s exclusive innovative, online based wellness program. The system is based on gamification strategies to provide tools to increase overall well being in an engaging, rewarding way.  Aduro, the vendorselected in a competitive bidding process, customizes the program and website to meet the needs of each organization. 

Participating in the program is completely voluntary and confidential. But if you want to maintain or improve your wellness, it’s a great way to go. The program offers you a chance to earn points that result in rewards and special opportunities. These include a monthly Wellness Credit, fancy activity devices, gift cards, recognition, and worldwide celebrity-status (hey, you never know). 

Lindsay Lagreid of Aduro says that other organizations that use similar Aduro designed web-based wellness programs experience positive results. 

The Wellness Program becomes a platform for building and strengthening community and culture. It sometimes is the catalyst needed for people to make big changes,” Lindsay noted.“We've had people share that they've lost significant amounts of weight, found out that they had dangerously high blood pressure and began managing it, or that they've found a group of coworkers to support each other in reaching various wellness goals.” 

Here’s how it works:

  • First, when you get your personal login link via email on January 14, go in and create your account.
  • Next, take the confidential online well-being assessment to get a broad vision of where you are, and where you may want to focus extra attention.
  • Then, learn your current health numbers at the onsite HealthScan Plus event January 21, 22, and 23 (or by visiting your doctor or a participating lab that can fax in your results). 

    Use these links to schedule your Health Scan Plus appointment: 


  • And, Finally, create a customized wellness plan tailored to your goals and visions and start participating in fun and competitive online wellness challenges and activities to earn points and climb the rewards ladder


From Pre-Flight To Soaring - The Be Well levels

Reach for the wellness mountaintop by completing a wide variety of activities and challenges. As you earn points, you'll climb higher and earn rewards.

Level 1 - Pre-Flight: 1,000 points
Earn the Wellness Credit ($15/ month, payouts to start February 2014) and discounts on group classes and individual training programs at the Welch Fitness Center when you complete the following:


  • HealthScan Plus: join us at an onsite event January 21 through 23 (or have your doctor submit a Physician Fax Form with your most recent results).
  • Well Being Assessment: Get a holistic picture of your well being with this confidential online assessment developed by a team of researchers and scientists that looks at more than just basic health measures.
  • ‘What Can Be Well Mean for You?’ unique challenge: Take a tour of the program and answer the questions on our virtual scavenger hunt.

Level 2 - Take Off: 2,000 points
Earn a Fitbit Activity Device when you complete additional challenges and wellness activities. Activity devices can be linked to your program account and help you earn points faster.  (Already have a Fitbit? You can opt for a $50 Gift Card instead.)

Level 3 - Climb: 3,000 points
Earn a $50 gift card when you go above and beyond to complete challenges that lead to established healthy habits.  

Level 4 - Cruise: 4,000 points
Earn another $50 gift card 
when you continue to go above and beyond completing challenges.

The Soar Club: 5,000 points
Give it your all to earn an invite to the Soar Club. Show off with an exclusive technical shirt, online recognition, and entry into a raffle to win special prizes. 


Connecting With Lehigh

Doug Strange, director of Lehigh’s Welch Fitness Center, has been involved in the development ofBe Well since the start. Thanks to his efforts, Be Well includes special incentives and opportunities to take advantage of the fitness amenities that are available right on campus.

“I am very excited about collaborating with the Be Well incentive program for fitness and wellness at Lehigh,” Doug said recently.  “We have developed an in-house ‘super savings incentive’ offering a 50% discount on the spring fitness class options and/or our new Personal Training programs. Completing level one automatically qualifies you for this great savings.”

Doug hopes to see many more faculty and staff at the Welch Fitness Center this year. “This is an amazing collaboration of support for the benefit of the faculty and staff and I am proud to be a part of it,” he noted. “Here at Lehigh we are the best house for fitness and wellness. We are happy to be a part of the Be Well family.”


Health And Wellness Coaching 

Another benefit of the Be Well program is access to health and wellness coaching. Lindsay says the coaches are objective and dedicated to you. “Your coach will not judge or diagnose you,” she said.“Instead they are here to support you in the fulfillment of your personal visions and goals.”

When should you contact a coach?

  • You are ready to make a change, but don't know where to start.
  • You want to personalize your fitness or nutrition plan.
  • You've had enough of being stopped by stress.
  • You are ready to kick a habit, smoking or otherwise, once and for all.
  • You know what you want, but are frustrated with your progress.
  • You want to move past barriers and excuses and see results.


Sounds Great – How do I join?

All benefits eligible faculty and staff will be sent an invitation email with a personal invite code on January 14, 2014.  If you lose this email, you can still access the Be Well site by on or after January 14, clicking “Activate Your Account” and following the on-screen prompts. 

Remember: This program is voluntary and all personal information will be managed by Aduro, a third-party vendor, and kept completely confidential.


Confidentiality Statement

The goal of the Be Well program is to encourage employees to learn more about your current state of well being, take basic action steps, and get access to valuable wellness resources.

Your participation in the wellness program is completely confidential and secure.  We are committed to protecting your personal health information. Our third party wellness vendor, Aduro, is bound by legal contractual obligations to ensure the confidentiality of the information you provide through the program. Aduro does not rent, share, or sell participants’ information.

Lehigh University will receive summarized reports from Aduro of the overall state of well being of our employees. This information will be used to determine target areas to focus next year’s wellness goals. No one can see your individual responses, including our Human Resources department and your manager. 

Participation in Be Well is optional. You do not need to set goals or leave comments – social engagement on the site is optional.